The basic premise of October 32nd seems promising at the outset. However, this is a promise that flounders the moment that one actually sits down to watch the film. It is quite possible that the writers of October 32nd have never even read any of the Arthurian legends for one, they have a villain named Pendragon, whereas in the legends Pendragon was actually the quite benign figure of Arthurs father. Even more peculiarly, Arthur is not the hero; instead, the film focuses on the modern day reincarnation of the enigmatic character of the Lady of the Lake, who gave Excalibur to Arthur in the first place. Indeed, take away the vague Arthurian elements reincarnations of Arthur and the Lady of the Lake, the quest to find Excalibur and all that would be left would be the basics of a standard horror movie.
Its lack of anything to do with the Arthurian legends aside, what kills October 32nd is how incredibly cheaply made it is on all counts. The music is played on a tinny synthesizer and, rather than enhances, actually distracts from the drama it is supposed to be accompanying. The visual effects consist of tatty animation and stop-action effects and have a cheapness that lacks in any magic whatsoever. Indeed, the dreariness of the magic involved in the defence of Merlins lair, withstatues come to life and Victor Wongs magic fairydust, is completely laughable.
The film has a B movie cast line-up. Australian actor Peter Phelps is wooden and has no heroic presence whatsoever as Arthur. The show is in large part stolen by the chirpy Victor Wong who gives it his all but still ends up being defeated by the imponderable dialogue. Richard Lynch does the black-cloaked villain role he can do in his sleep by now, although the flashbacks scenes outfit him with an incredibly fake looking blonde beard.
The late Paul Hunt was a director/producer who had started out making sex films. He made several other low-budget, independently made films, including The Clones (1973), the first film about cloning, and the horror film Twisted Nightmare (1987), as well as producing the horror film Demon Wind (1990).
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